Research

The department's research interests are extremely broad, with researchers working in nearly all major areas of philosophy.

Research projects

A selection of current and recent projects:

See all our current and recent research projects.

Centres and key groups

  • Centre for Science and Philosophy 
    The centre promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines.
  • Foundational Studies Bristol 
    An interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the study of logic and philosophy of mathematics. It comprises academics from the Department of Philosophy and School of Mathematics.

Collaborative research

We have developed strong collaborative ties with researchers in a number of disciplines outside philosophy, such as physics, mathematics, climate science, political theory, complexity science, engineering mathematics, and social medicine.

Many of our academics collaborate in their research with academics from other institutions, such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Oslo, University of Oxford, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

The impact of our research

Communicating our research with the wider public is an important and regular activity for us. Here are just a few public events we've been involved in:

  • James Ladyman: May 2015, HowTheLightGetsIn festival, Hay-on-Wye.
    James discussed causality and what it means in a timeless 'block' universe with quantum physicist Lev Vaidman and cosmologist George Ellis, as part of a new addition to the festival: 'Secrets of the Universe'.
  • Chris Bertram: November 2012, Festival of Ideas, Bristol.
    Chris gave a lecture on 'Great Thinkers That Have Shaped the Modern World' with writer and film-maker Stephen Trombley.
  • Havi Carel: February 2013, School of Life, London
    Havi spoke to author, Jules Evans, about how philosophy can help us to face illness and death and how it can help health professionals to care for patients with greater dignity and humanity.

Research events

We run a regular research seminar series and are frequently involved with one-off research events.

Research in the faculty 

Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).